Tuesday, February 8, 2005
NorAm events have pulled some of the top Rocky Mountain Division freestyle skiers away from Colorado this month, but freestyle coach Nate Bird expects a strong field for this weekend's event in Steamboat.
"It's a chance for some of our younger skiers to shine," Bird said of the Rocky Mountain Division meet. "But I expect to have a few NorAm level skiers to be in town, and the field is usually full when it's in Steamboat."
Among the skiers hoping to grab top finishes will be several from Steamboat Springs who are coming off top showings in Telluride just a few days ago.
The event opened Friday with slopestyle and halfpipe competitions.
Winter Sports Club skier Jake Cohn placed second in the slopestyle, which Summit County skier Nevill Wilder won.
Steamboat's Tony Gallina was 10th, Patrick MaGee was 11th, and Luke Kamieniecki was 14th. Dalton Brett Lee was 16th, Scott Forney was 19th, and Colin Kirkpatrick was 21st.
Jenny Rose Lee was the only Steamboat finisher in the women's event. She placed second to hometown favorite Hannah Smith in the slopestyle.
Steamboat athletes also fared well in the halfpipe event Friday.
MaGee was third, Gallina was sixth, Forney was seventh, Cohn was eighth and Dalton Brett Lee was 16th.
Jenny Rose Lee led the Steamboat team with a second-place finish in the women's event, which Smith won.
Telluride's Lower Plunge provided the perfect stage for several Steamboat skiers to post personal best showings, or rebound from injuries.
In a second mogul event Sunday, Steamboat's Abe Maynard posted the best finish of his career by taking third. Bo Randolph, who has been sidelined with an injury, got back on track with a sixth-place finish.
Former Winter Sports Club standout Jarrett Arguelles won the first mogul event Saturday. He held off Summit County's Michael Mead, who took second. Mead skied with the Steamboat team last season.
Current Winter Sports Club members Sam Tarrant finished 12th, Maynard was 14th and Earl Davis was 24th.
Randolph placed 17th in his first competition in a month.
Jenny Rose Lee led Steamboat in the first girls' event with her fourth-place finish.